Martin Müller-Butz: Good Poles, Bad Poles. Polishness, Otherness, and the End of Tsarist Russia in Polish Memoirs after 1917
Date: 26 January 2015
Time: 11 a.m., c.t.
Venue: seminar room of the Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena (Am Planetarium 7)

Further information can be found in the section Seminar.

Call for Applications: Fellowships 2015/16

The Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena invites applications for fellowships in the academic year 2015/ 16. Fellowships are available for a period up to twelve months. Eligible are noted and established scholars in the history of Eastern Europe or neighboring disciplines with a clear preference for projects focusing on East Central and South Eastern Europe.
Further information can be found in the section Vacancies

Joint Research Project on "Non-Germans in the Waffen-SS" to be launched on 1 January 2015

SS Galizien recruits waiting for head of district (1943) © Muzeum Historyczne Sanok

Press release, 19 December 2014

The Imre Kertész Kolleg is pleased to announce the launch on 1 January 2015 of "Non-Germans in the Waffen-SS: A Cultural History," an international research project supported by the Gerda Henkel Foundation and conducted jointly by the Imre Kertész Kolleg (IKK) and the School of History at the University College Dublin (UCD). The project will investigate the causes, realities, and consequences of international collaboration within the Waffen-SS, an organization in which hundreds of thousands of non-Germans served either voluntarily or under duress of various kinds. Specifically, the project will investigate cases that have been largely overlooked in the growing literature on perpetrators, including recent studies of Western European or "Germanic" volunteers. The three sub-projects will explore, from a transnational and cultural history perspective, topics as varied as recruitment, individual and collective motivations, participation in war crimes, and the post-war fates of Eastern European SS volunteers, as well as efforts by German leadership to provide a theoretical and practical framework for a fighting force that, when faced with the prospect of defeat in 1943, drafted more and more 'non-Germanic' volunteers into its ranks, despite its racist beliefs.

Please read more about the Project in the section Further Announcements

New Publication: Eastern Europe in the Twentieth Century, Vol. 4

© De Gruyter/ Oldenbourg Verlag

Jörg Ganzenmüller and Raphael Utz (Eds.)

Sowjetische Verbrechen und russische Erinnerung:
Orte - Akteure - Deutungen

Die russische Erinnerungskultur wird oft als zerrissen und fragmentiert beschrieben und gleichzeitig die geschichtspolitische Allmacht des Staates beklagt. Aber besitzt der Kreml wirklich die alleinige Deutungshoheit und wäre eine einheitlichere Geschichtskultur – gerade unter diesen Vorzeichen – überhaupt erstrebenswert? Was wird eigentlich genau untersucht, wenn sich die Wissenschaft der heutigen Erinnerung an die Verbrechen des Stalinismus zuwendet? Und lässt sich eigentlich rechtfertigen, dabei von einem deutschen ‚Muster‘ der Aufarbeitung auszugehen? 

Further information can be found in the section Monograph series of the Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena 

New Publication: Eastern Europe in the Twentieth Century, Vol. 5

© De Gruyter/ Oldenbourg Verlag

Włodzimierz Borodziej, Stanislav Holubec and Joachim von Puttkamer (Eds.)

Mastery and Lost Illusions:
Space and Time in the Modernization of Eastern and Central Europe

This volume highlights the specific experiences and challenges of modernity in twentieth-century Eastern and Central Europe. Contributors ask how spatial and temporal conditions shaped the region's transformation from a rural to an urban, industrialized society in this period and investigate the state's role in the mastery of space, particularly in the context of state socialism. The volume also sheds light on the ruralization of cities and mutual perceptions of the rural and urban populations in this region.   

Further information can be found in the section Monograph series of the Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena  



The Ukrainian Crisis in the European Media and the Public Sphere

Anti-government protest in Kiev; © Sasha Maksymenko; flickr;

The current situation in Ukraine is the subject of an intense discussion in the public sphere and the media across Europe. But what do we know about how our neighbouring countries are reflecting on the crisis, its historical background and its meaning for the relationship between our countries, Ukraine, Russia and the European Union?

We asked historians and sociologists from more than 15 European countries, the US, Israel and Turkey for contributions on the media coverage of and public debates on the Ukrainian crisis in their own countries.

Read more in the section "Cultures of History"